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Professional sports isn't always known for having a lot of nice guys. For athletes who are placed on such a high pedestal by our society, they could almost be forgiven for thinking a little highly of themselves. There are numerous examples where a great athlete turns out to be a bit of a jerk. Some of it may be by their arrogance, or their infallibility, by the actions of their personal life away from the game, or how they sometimes have been known to treat the fans. Their fame, their tremendous salaries come at the price of privacy as they become sort of local celebrities. I will never be confused for a celebrity, while being a teacher does mean I'll get and polite hello and wave from students when I'm out and about I am more or less anonymous outside of the community I currently live in. I can empathize with these athletes who try to go to dinner only to be swarmed by paparazzi or autograph seekers. So are these people jerks because they turn down a few of these...
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The Minnesota Wild have locked up the goalie position for at least the next few seasons.
The team announced Tuesday that they have re-signed goalie Josh Harding to a three-year contract. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the contract is worth 5.7 million.
Harding, 28, has spent six seasons with Minnesota, but has never played in more than 34 games in a single season.
The Minnesota Wild have re-signed goalie Josh Harding to a three-year contract.
The deal was done Tuesday. Harding would've been an unrestricted free agent next month.
The 28-year-old Harding has been a backup throughout his NHL career, but primary goalie Niklas Backstrom is about to begin the last year of his contract and he will turn 35 next February.
Harding tore the anterior...
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild staff, including general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr, try to projects the first-round of the NHL draft each year to see which prospects might fall to Minnesota.
Most seasons, they can predict fairly accurately. Last year, Chuck Fletcher said he had the top 10 pretty well pegged. This year, with Minnesota holding...
The Minnesota Wild locked up 28 year-old goaltender Josh Harding for the next three years, a deal worth $5.7 million over that stretch. The contract is a raise for Harding, whose previous deal paid him $750 thousand last season. The contract sets the Wild up for the future after starter Nicklas Backstrom, age 34, becomes a free agent, scheduled for the summer of 2013.
The song has barely begun, but already the music is ready to end. And the teams scrambling for a solution to their struggles in goal could soon find themselves on the losing end of this high-stakes game of musical chairs. The free agency period doesn't begin until July 1, but another potential target was taken off the market on Tuesday. Minnesota goalie Josh Harding was re-signed...
via Michael Russo tweet, Source: Josh Harding signs a three-year, $5.7 million deal with #mnwild ($1.9 AAV)
I'd like to start this one by saying you (the readers) inspire me. As we approach the final few days before the 2012 NHL Entry Draft there is so much focused on the 1st round. There are tons and tons of mock drafts released by all kinds of websites and publications, including the State of Hockey News. Yet the focus is on the 1st round. The 1st round is certainly important...
On Friday, after many speculations the Predators General Manager David Poile announced that defenseman Ryan Suter would likely be testing the free agency market. Suter becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
It is a rare and interesting occasion when an all-star player such as Suter has an opportunity to really choose exactly where they want to go. In all honesty, every team...
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, The NHL transaction wire had Mike Gillis smiling Tuesday and Brian Burke reaching for the Maalox.
Gillis is laughing because now that Josh Harding signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild there is one less potential No. 1 goaltender on the free-agent market. That leaves the Vancouver Canucks general manager with the best available...